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A Command Line Tool to manage asciidoctor projet; create, add content, watch content and convert it into html, pdf & epub3 files for documents, reports, revealjs slideshow, hands on lab & more

This project enhances what is not included within the asciidoctor command line tool. It is a refactoring of the ruby hyla tool which is currently used to create a project, add asciidoctor templates, generate courses, hands on lab content, slideshows for RevealJS presentations, ...

The project name corresponds to the frog genus name Litoria which contain many species like the Red Eye Tree Frog Litoria Chloris which is very valuable for the human due to his medical capacities


Install the litoria command line tool via npm:

$ npm install -g litoria


$ litoria <cmd> <option> <yaml_config_file>

where <cmd> corresponds to one of the command available: init, generate, inline, pdf and the options to the rendering required; html, pdf, ...

The asciidoctor attributes and the options like the source and destination folders can be defined using a yaml config file

source: "./source" # or could be a directory eg. ./examples
file_to_inline: "./generated/output.html"
file_inlined: "./generated/output-inlined.html"

attributes:  # Asciidoctor attributes
  stylesheet: 'foundation.css' # asciidoctor, foundation
  stylesdir: 'css' # directory defined within the source folder and containing the css styles
  nofooter: 'yes'
  icons: 'font'
  # linkcss: 'true' # Don't use this option if you want to embed the CSS

options:  # Asciidoctor options
  doctype: 'article'
  to_dir: 'generated'
  # to_file: 'output.html'
  safe: 'unsafe' # Required to avoid that the file to process is not loaded



Create a project containing a default config file and a simple adoc file

litoria init /path/to/project

Many project type or category are supported as described here after :

  • Simple: project containing a simple adoc example
  • Management : project containing a minute and report adoc example
  • Lab : project containing a Hands on Lab adoc example
  • Slideshow: not yet implemented

To use such type, pass the option -c or --category with the keywords simple,management,project or slideshow. The default category is simple

litoria init /path/to/project
litoria init -c management /path/to/project
litoria init -c lab /path/to/project


Render the asciidoctor(s) file(s) part of the input directory source into a HTML file. The generated content is available within the generated folder.

litoria generate -r html config.yaml


litoria generate config.yaml as the default rendering is `html`

The source and destination folders can be changed within the yaml config file.


The purpose of this command is to move the css styles from the css files or style tag and to inline them within the HTML tag of the document. This is required when you would like to send an email to by example the Gmail client as Google will escape the styles & css file before to display your mail and it HTML content within the browser.

litoria inline config.yaml


Convert a HTML file into a PDF file

litoria generate -r pdf config.yaml 


Send an email to a SMTP server & embed the HTML generated within the Mail created

litoria send config.yaml        

The parameters as the subject, sender, recipient, SMTP Server, port number, security mode are defined within the config.yaml file.

To Develop

Git clone the project locally and move to the cloned directory.

To install globally the commands, use these instructions:

npm install -g
npm link

then you can execute the litoria commands in a terminal and continue to develop the project in parallel.

Otherwise, you can run the different commands as such :

Execute in a terminal theis command by example to create a new project :

node bin/litoria.js init /path/to/project


To debug the project and the different commands, use the following information to configure the debugger (Eclipse, IntelliJ, ...) :

  • javascriptFile: bin/litoria-init.js
  • application parameters : /Temp/litoria/blank

The litoria.js script file contains all the commands which are defined within their corresponding file litoria-<cmd>.js under the bin directory. Each command, as described previously, is configured differently. Please refer to the Command section to see which parameters you can use. Don't try to debug the litoria.js script as it spawns another child process and your Debugger will report a Network Address Port error as it can't access the port ! ## Build & test

nvm use default 6 && make


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